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February 18, 2020
General Membership Meeting

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PACO General Membership Meeting:
February 18, 2020

PACO's Programs Committee has been busy coordinating General Membership Meetings which are held monthly at the Columbus Bar Association, from 12 Noon- 1:00 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time: 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Columbus Bar Association, 175 S. Third Street, Suite 1100, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Speakers: Pam Hutchins and Julie Carmona
Topic: Electronic Discovery Management and ACEDS

To register for this event, please click here.

PACO is excited to have Pam Hutchins and Julie Carmona speak to us about the field of electronic discovery and ACEDS (Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist).

Pam is the Founder and President of the ACEDS Ohio Chapter. Pam is a Senior eDiscovery Project Manager at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. She has worked in the legal industry for more than 20 years and has worked in the eDiscovery area for more than 10 years. Pam has extensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, management and processing of ESI as they relate to legal matters, including the use of various ESI management and review tools and applications such as Viewpoint, LAW PreDiscovery, Summation, Logikcull, Relativity, Clearwell, Ringtail, Catalyst, Opus2, TextMap, Sanction, CaseMap, X1 Social Discovery, Pin Point Labs Harvester and Blacklight – BlackBag Technologies. She provides in-house consulting and support with respect to electronic discovery including identification, preservation, collection, processing, analysis, review and production. She earned her paralegal degree from Columbus State Community College. She received her CEDS certification from the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) in 2012 and is also a certified Viewpoint Processing, Review & Analytics Admin.

Julie is an E-Discovery Project Manager in the Vorys Columbus office. Julie has a paralegal degree and has worked in the legal industry for more than 25 years. Julie has extensive trial experience and has managed large scale document reviews and productions involving e-discovery. Julie has a great deal of experience in various ESI applications including Viewpoint and Relativity. She is also a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (ACEDS), certified in ViewPoint, LAW 5.0, Summation and Lean Six Sigma. Julie received her B.A. and her paralegal certificate from Capital University Law School's Paralegal Program.

For any questions regarding PACO's General Membership meetings, please contact the Program Committee Chair, Kemmily Kwok at: programs@pacoparalegals.org.

PACO Invites You to Celebrate FUNbruary with Your Fellow Paralegals Friends and Colleagues!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. and join your fellow Central Ohio paralegals for a FREE evening that is bound to be a blast! Membership to PACO is not a requirement to attend so grab a paralegal colleague or friend and connect with other paralegal professionals.

A limited amount of wine, punch and pizza will be provided. In addition to food and beverage, free duck pin bowling is available to the first 10 people who add bowling to their registration. Food, drinks and bowling made possible by Spectrum Reporting.

A huge THANKS to Spectrum Reporting for making this event possible! To learn more about Spectrum Reporting visit: https://www.spectrumreporting.com/

When: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Pins Mechanical Co., 141 N. 4th St.

PACO: Workers' Compensation Roundtable - February

PACO regretfully will not be having a Workers’ Compensation Roundtable in February. Stay tuned for more information for March! If you have any questions, please contact: Angie Vohsing, at AMVohsing@eastmansmith.com.

OSBA - Paralegal Certification Exam - Deadline to Register - March 31, 2020

If your goal for the new year is focused on your career, consider becoming an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Paralegal. OSBA Paralegal Certification provides a valuable credential for paralegals in Ohio through the use of objective standards, which measure training, knowledge, experience, and skills of paralegals. Becoming certified provides the opportunity to be recognized for your ethics and professionalism in practice, as well as distinct skills and experience in various fields of law.

The deadline to register for the exam is March 31, 2020. To learn more about becoming a certified specialist and what is involved, click here.

OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam - Refresher Course

The Paralegal Programs at Capital University Law School host an annual Refresher Course for individuals taking the OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam. The date for the 2020 Refresher Course is Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. (registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.). The Refresher Course will provide sessions for all core content topics covered in the certification exam. Read more, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa M. Diem at ldiem@law.capital.edu or (614) 236-6444.

To register for the 2020 Refresher Course, please complete the form at http://law.capital.edu/OPEC_Refresher_Course/.

PACO - Calling All PACO Members - Input Needed for NFPA Reporter (Summer Issue)

Angie Vohsing, PACO Treasurer, is working on writing an article about Work/life balance for the NFPA Reporter (Summer Issue) and would like your input.

Work/life balance is important for busy paralegals to deal with the stress of the job! Everyone has hobbies and interests outside the workplace that help us blow off steam or relax and decompress after a long day at the office. These activities help us to keep our sanity! Tell me what you do! Do you run marathons, paint, sculpt, sing, work crossword puzzles, volunteer in your community?

Send a brief description of your responses to AMVohsing@eastmansmith.com by February 28th. You may end up with your name in this upcoming article for the National Paralegal Reporter!

PACO - Programs Committee - Opportunity for Volunteers!

Calling all PACO members who are looking for a volunteer opportunity. The Programs Committee is seeking assistance with the planning and organizing of PACO's monthly membership meetings. This position involves seeking potential speakers and sponsors for the meetings and is a great networking opportunity while also working alongside other legal professionals on the committee! If you are interested in the Programs Committee, please contact Kemmily Kwok at programs@pacoparalegals.org.

PACO Volunteer Needed - CBA Lawyers Quarterly Editorial Board

Calling all PACO members! The CBA Lawyers Quarterly Editorial Board is looking for a PACO member to join their Board. For more information, contact Garth Rowbotham at: photography@pacoparalegals.org.

NFPA - Message from PACO’s NFPA Primary and Secondary Representatives

Did you know the NFPA website has an entire section dedicated to Marketing information and opportunities? The NFPA Marketing tab includes information about NFPA’s Corporate Partners Program, Marketing Opportunities, Vendor Directory Listings and the On-line Store. Click here to read more.

If you have any questions about NFPA, those can be directed to: Callie Kessler, PACO NFPA Primary Representative at: NFPA@pacoparalegals.org and Joyce Warren, PACO NFPA Secondary Representative at: statewide@pacoparalegals.org.

NFPA - 2020 Joint Conference & Region Meeting

When: April 22-26, 2020
Where: Tampa Bay, Florida

As a member of PACO you are welcome to attend NFPA events, and Joint Conference. At Joint Conference this is a great way to be introduced to NFPA and meet the NFPA leadership. The atmosphere is more relaxed and the emphasis is on learning and taking new ideas back to your local association.

This year will be very exciting, our new Management Firm will be introduced and our Consulting Firm will be there also. There will be some discussions about how we can help make NFPA a 21st Century organization. To find out more information about this year’s Joint Conference check out the NFPA website under the 'events tab' or click here.

If you are interested in going to the 2020 Joint Conference or have any questions contact Callie Kessler, PACO NFPA Primary Representative at: NFPA@pacoparalegals.org and Joyce Warren, PACO NFPA Secondary Representative at: statewide@pacoparalegals.org.

CBA Corner – Committees & Cocktails

We hope you will plan to join us on Wednesday, February 19th from 5 pm – 7 pm for our monthly Committees & Cocktails event. FREE for CBA/PACO members, this is a great networking event! CBA provides food and beverage. Click here to RSVP.

If you have questions, feedback or would like more information about PACO, please contact any Board member at:

Becky Lewis – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Shannon Reames – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Brittany Hays – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Angela Vohsing – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Cassandra Struble – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)

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